Majorca: an active island

Posted on 28 June 2017

From glamorous marinas to scenic cycle routes, the activities on offer in Majorca are as exciting as the property there…

Majorca is a tourist hot spot, but it’s not just the sea and sand that attract holidaymakers from across the globe. The island’s authorities are actively attempting to promote physical activities and attract international competitions and events; leading to world-class facilities being developed to facilitate all types of sports suited to Majorca’s sun-drenched outdoor lifestyle. This makes owning a home there even more appealing.

They’ve managed to find room for 24 golf courses in Majorca, including two private courses. The oldest fairways on the island can be found at Son Vida, which was opened over 25 years ago by Prince Rainier of Monaco. A number of the island’s top courses can be found in the Santa Ponsa and Puerto de Andratx area, on the island’s salubrious west coast. These include Golf Santa Ponsa I, II and III, Golf de Andratx, Golf de Poniente and Bendinat Golf. On Majorca’s less expensive east coast, golf courses include Pollensa, Alcanada and Pula Golf resort.

Summer is a busy time on the azure waters around Majorca. As a popular sailing destination it hosts a series of prestigious events. International yachts have just finished compete in the Super Yacht Cup, Europe’s longest-running super yacht regatta, but don’t worry if you miss out, as we still have the Copa del Rey (July 29-August 5th) and the Illes Baleares Classic (August 16-19th) on the horizon.

With 47 ports and marinas dotted around its 554-kilometre coastline it’s no surprise that Majorca attracts sailing enthusiasts from around the globe. In Palma alone, there are 10 marinas providing around 3,500 moorings, with more than 950 of those accommodating yachts over 15 metres. Even 20 and 24-metre vessels shouldn’t have any trouble finding space – make sure your crew book well in advance if you’re arriving by superyacht!. Some of Majorca’s most exclusive marinas include Puerto Adriano, Puerto Portals and Puerto de Andratx.

Spanish tennis champion and two-times Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal was born and bred in Majorca and has helped to grow the popularity of the sport there; opening a tennis academy in his hometown of Manacor. Majorca hosts various tennis championships throughout the year including the WTA Tennis Open in Santa Ponsa in June and the ATP Legends Cup in Palma in October.

Around 260 kilometres of special cycling routes have been created in Majorca, making it one of the most popular cycling destinations in the Med. Its attractive combination of challenging terrains and warm year-round climate (the edge taken off in summer by sea breezes) has made it a go to winter training spot for professional outfits like UK based Team Sky who base themselves in the north of the island. It has been reported that Sir Bradley Wiggins is especially fond of the Puerto Pollensa area.

Llucmajor is widely regarded as the cycling ‘capital’ of Majorca. Located on the south-east coast, this section of the island is home to almost 200 kilometres of sign-posted cycling routes, including six designated cycle tourism routes and two routes on non-asphalt lanes for mountain bikes.

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